The Georgia Public Safety Memorial proudly displays the names of all those brave men and women honored for their dedication and sacrifice to the citizens of the State of Georgia. Above the names that are etched in granite is the theme of the Memorial, "WITH HONOR THEY SERVED". Each of the individuals listed did just that. They served with HONOR, with COURAGE, with DIGNITY, and with concern for their fellow man. Detective Corporal Shane Wilson also served with HONOR, with COURAGE, with DIGNITY, and with concern for his fellow man...He deserves the right afforded to him by answering the call on that fateful night that put him in harm's way and ended his life. His name should be listed with the other courageous individuals listed on this memorial wall who lost their lives in the line of duty. His name should be listed this year, 2012 without having to beg, plead or starting a petition because he earned the honor & it is the only right & respectful thing to do!!!!
Driver was DUI in wrong-way I-20 crash that killed Doraville cop, police say;
A 39-year-old Dunwoody man was charged Tuesday with vehicular homicide and driving under the influence in a wrong-way crash that killed a police detective on I-20 in DeKalb County, authorities said.
Gene Jones also was charged with reckless driving and driving on the wrong side of the road in the accident early Monday that killed Doraville police Detective Robert Wilson, according to the DeKalb County Police Department.
Jones remained hospitalized Tuesday afternoon, DeKalb police spokeswoman Mekka S. Parish said.
Doraville police spokesman Gene Callaway told the AJC that Wilson was the overnight on-call detective and was responding to a home invasion in progress call at the time of the wreck.
Wilson, 27, was westbound on I-20 near Wesley Chapel Road when his Ford Edge was hit head-on by a Jeep Laredo being driven eastbound in the westbound lanes by Jones, police said.
Wilson died at the scene, and Jones was taken in stable condition to a local hospital, police said.
Callaway said Wilson started with the department as a dispatcher in 2003 and became a sworn officer in 2007. He was promoted to detective corporal in September, Callaway said.
Wilson is survived by his wife, Katy, and son, Liam. Other survivors include Wilson’s mother, retired DeKalb police Officer Gail Hanson, and father, J.D. Wilson.
According to Shane's stepfather Jim Hanson " We learned yesterday that the brilliant minds on a State committee decided Shane's death did not deserve the respect of being placed on the GPSTC Memorial Wall this year. Apparently, an officer who is asleep at home with his wife, but gets a call to respond to an active home invasion robbery as the on call detective. And while responding gets hit and killed by a drunk driver is not considered an " in the line of duty death".
I have been on the phone for two days talking to anyone who will listen. Everyone I speak to can not believe this has happened but nothing has changed. There is no money or benefits associated with this, it's just a matter of respect. Every law enforcement officer in this state is disrespected by this decision...
We must get them to reverse this decision because, as Jim said " it's just a matter of respect!"